The Ideal Audio Interface for Home Studios: Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 3rd Gen

These days its not hard to have professional sounding recordings at home. With the right ingredients you can create a song which can be listened thousands or millions of times. But most of us are making the process complicating than keeping it simple. So today we decided to cover up your audio interface choice. In this article, we are reviewing one of the most chosen audio interface for the home and professional studio. Known as the red rectangular box, lets start talking about the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 3rd Gen.

Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 3rd Gen – Intro

Scarlett 2i2 first came out in 2010. Since the launch, Focusrite has been leading the home and studio hardware market. No wonder why, because the interfaces they have put out are really cheap for the service they provide. They have some of the most respected and well constructed preamps ever made. Along with 3 year warranty, supporting community and the free quality softwares given; I don’t think you would need to buy any other audio interface than the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 3rd Gen. Unless you’re making serious money from music (like 10000$ a month).

Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 3rd Gen – Technical Info

The Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 3rd Gen has 2 input and 2 output channels which supports 48 Volt phantom power. The input channels can be used either for mic or for instrument. It has a button below it where you can choose it. The company says it is the best mic preamps the Scarlett range has ever seen.

Unlike the older gens, this audio interface has more of a digital look. The gain knobs light up green when recording at the right volume and red if it is too loud. There is additionally an air button which kind of boosts the high freq range so you can get a brigher and more open sound.

The audio interface has output knobs for each speakers and headphones. So if you want to hear from your headphones only you can turn the monitor volume knob down or vice versa. It supports sample rate up to 24 bit 192kHz (44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz).

Lets look and analyze the table below

  MICROPHONE INPUTS LINE INPUTS INSTRUMENT INPUTS LINE/MONITOR OUTPUTS HEADPHONE OUTPUTS
Frequency Response 20Hz – 20kHz ± 0.1dB 20Hz – 20kHz ± 0.1dB 20Hz – 20kHz ± 0.1dB    
Dynamic Range 111dB (A-weighted) 110.5dB (A-weighted) 110dB (A-weighted) 108dB (A-weighted) 104dB (A-weighted)
THD+N <0.0012%  <0.002%  <0.03%  <0.002%  <0.002% 
Noise EIN -128dBu (A-weighted)        
Maximum Input Level 9dBu (minimum gain) 22dBu (minimum gain) 12.5dBu (minimum gain) 15.5dBu 7dBu
Gain Range 56dB 56dB      
Impedance 3kΩ 60kΩ 3kΩ 430kΩ <1kΩ
Technical Details of Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 3rd Gen

Gain Range: It refers to adjusting the level at each point of amplification to ensure an optimal signal-to-noise ratio, without (unusable) distortion.
Dynamic Range: It is the ratio of the strongest, or loudest part to the weakest, or softest, part; it is measured in dB
THD+N: Total Harmonic Distortion and Noise

In the official site, the frequency range is shown as 20Hz – 20kHz ± 0.1dB. Check out here to look for a detailed review.

So comparing with Presonus AudioBox iTwo, the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 is better in THD+N and Frequency Responce, while Presonus is a bit more better on the max Input Level.
Comparing with M Audio Air 192-6, the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 is better in THD+N, Gain Range, Max Input Level and Dynamic Range.

Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 3rd Gen – Price and Warranty

In the official site, the price is 170$. Compared to M Audio Air 192-6 (170$) and Presonus AudioBox iTwo(160$), Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 3rd Gen is the best choice in this price range. With so many people using it, it has been a pioneer for home and professional studios. Large Community, customer service and quality freebies just make you focus only on making music.
Warranty is 3 years which covers repairing or replacing due to a manufacturing fault.
And they’ll send replacement gear, and cover the shipping costs both ways.

Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 3rd Gen – Conclusion

These days its not hard to have professional sounding recordings at home. With the right ingredients you can create a song which can be listened thousands or millions of times.

Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 3rd Gen – Intro

Focusrite has been leading the home and studio hardware market. No wonder why, because the interfaces they have put out are really cheap for the service they provide. They have some of the most respected and well constructed preamps ever made.

Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 3rd Gen – Technical Info

The Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 3rd Gen has 2 input and 2 output channels which supports 48 Volt phantom power. The input channels can be used either for mic or for instrument. It has a button below it where you can choose it. The company says it is the best mic preamps the Scarlett range has ever seen. Unlike the older gens, this audio interface has more of a digital look. The gain knobs light up green when recording at the right volume and red if it is too loud. There is additionally an air button which kind of boosts the high freq range so you can get a brigher and more open sound.
The audio interface has output knobs for each speakers and headphones. So if you want to hear from your headphones only you can turn the monitor volume knob down or vice versa. It supports sample rate up to 24 bit 192kHz (44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz).

In the official site, the frequency range is shown as 20Hz – 20kHz ± 0.1dB. Check out here to look for a detailed review.

Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 3rd Gen – Price and Warranty

In the official site, the price is 170$. Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 3rd Gen is the best choice in this price range. Warranty is 3 years which covers repairing or replacing due to a manufacturing fault.

Final Words: If you’re serious about taking your music to the next level, I strongly recommend Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 3rd Gen. It provides decent well quality for major platforms which would not sound amateur. And I don’t think you need to upgrade your audio interface for a long time (in case in terms like incompatible hardware/software). And with the warranty and support it makes the best choice for the home studio.

In the next article, I’m going to cover up the additional software which comes with Focusrite products.

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